Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/3/12
NEW YORK -- By the time their regular season finale ended, all the tension that clung to the New York Yankees as tightly as the Baltimore Orioles had during the stretch run was gone. Instead, the Yankees had clinched their 18th American League East division title shortly before punctuating it with a 14-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. The 10-game lead that once was blown no longer mattered, the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays officially making the Yankees division champs as New York batted in the bottom of the seventh. Alex Rodriguez stepped out of the batter's box for a moment as the crowd roared and the Orioles' score was shown on the scoreboard. The Yankees hugged in the dugout as the crowd chanted "Let's go, Yankees!", finally knowing they had captured their 12th division title in the last 15 years. Not that the Yankees weren't doing their part to clinch the crown, as well as home-field advantage throughout the American League p...
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